What a game. It was far from easy, but the Hurricanes were able to overcome an upset-minded Virginia team, 44-28.
The Cavaliers came out and gave Miami their best punch scoring two early touchdowns to take a 14-0 first quarter lead. At that point, the emotional roller coaster began.
The Hurricanes finally got on the board with a touchdown late in the first quarter to Ahmmon Richards. And then another to tie the game at 14 midway through the second.
Going from low to high, to low again, the Cavaliers scored a touchdown with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter to take a 21 to 14 lead into halftime. Much to the dismay of a stunned and anxious sold-out crowd.
The Canes got the ball to start the second half and felt the pressure to get something going offensively. Instead, we hit another low on this roller coaster when Virginia blocked Miami’s punt and scored a touchdown two plays later to take a 28 to 14 lead within the first minute of the third-quarter.
It seemed as if Miami had hit rock bottom in this game and the dreams of a playoff and a shot at a national title were slowly slipping away. But you know what they say about hitting rock bottom, once you’re there, you can only go up. And up is exactly where Miami went.
A quick touchdown put the Canes back down by 7. And then, maybe the most significant play of the year occurred. With just under ten minutes left to play in the third quarter, and seven seconds after their last td, Jaquan Johnson picked off a pass and took it back to the house for a pick-six. And just like that, we had a tied game at 28 all.
Miami finally took their first lead of the game late in the third quarter with a field goal that just barely made it past the uprights. 31-28. And from there, the Canes never looked back, coming up with key defensive stops on third and fourth downs and completely shutting down the once-hot Cavalier offense.
One of those key stops came with 5 minutes left to play. A fourth and three. Wasn’t even close. And then some icing on the cake from there with a long Travis Homer run that set up a Malik Rosier touchdown from five yards out. Then for good measure, one more fourth-down stop and one more td. This time a Travis Homer run. 44-28. That’s 30 unanswered points by Miami.
What a game. What a win. What a way to win! The Canes are now 10-0 and winners of 15 straight games dating back to last season. They will now get ready to face off against Pitt on Black Friday. Kick off from Pittsburgh is set for 12 noon.
One more game and one more win for a perfect regular season.